Antonio Javier López

Malaga (1978). Antonio Javier studied Journalism and Advanced Studies at Malaga University. He joined SUR in 1999 and has specialised in Arts and Culture since 2004. He won the first Ciudad de Málaga Prize for Journalism.

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25/06/2019 19:23

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Picasso Museum expands its horizons with Bruce Nauman

As part of its commitment to showcasing contemporary art the Picasso Museum in Malaga (MPM) is hosting a powerful exhibition called Bruce Nauman. Rooms, Bodies, Words until 1 September. This is its most ambitious project so far, and on this occasion

20/05/2019 12:41

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Cuban cabaret comes to life in Malaga

In the 1950s, Rita Valdés was the star of the Havana hotel at a time when Cuba was home to the biggest cabaret acts in the world. Luck changed, the theatre lowered its curtains and the cabaret building became home to Rita until she was evicted. It wa

20/05/2019 12:30

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Banksy checks in to La Térmica for the summer

There is a way to determine to what extent an artist is a celebrity: his work has to be much more famous than he is, to the extent that it becomes an icon. This could apply, for example, to the two angels painted by Rafael, Leonardo's Mona Lisa, Pica

10/05/2019 15:13


Air conditioning fault puts pieces at Museum of Malaga at risk

A fault with the air conditioning in the Museum of Malaga this week has seen both the Archaeology and the Fine Arts collections subjected to temperatures as high as 28.5 degrees Celsius. The climate control system has been encountering numberous pr

12/04/2019 17:13

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Casa Natal hosts Iliazd and Picasso works in exhibition

Picasso's birth house (Casa Natal de Picasso, Plaza de la Merced, 15) is now host to an exhibition in collaboration with the Pushkin Museum in Moscow. Until 23 June, the exhibition 'Iliazd and Picasso' is open between 9.30am and 8pm, including in t

22/03/2019 16:45

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Inside Van Gogh

"It's amazing. It feels like you're inside a Van Gogh painting!" These were the words of Sara, a seven-year-old visitor to the show-cum-exhibition that can now be visited near Malaga city's lighthouse. She made her enthusiastic comments from the or

11/03/2019 11:08

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Matisse: a burst of colour comes to the Pompidou

The Centre Pompidou in Malaga port this week welcomes its biggest and most important exhibition yet. 'Henri Matisse. Un país nuevo' (Henri Matisse. A new country) brings together some fifty works by the master of modern art, on loan from the gallery'

22/02/2019 16:38

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Darko: light at the end of the Pompidou tunnel

From the wireless loudspeaker comes the thunderous voice of Zack de la Rocha spitting out the songs on his first disc with Rage Against the Machine. It sounds like the collapse of a cathedral might, a stampede of buffalos or the Hiroshima atomic bomb

29/12/2018 11:50

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Toral unpacks his case at home

Once upon a time, a group of hunters went into a small remote hut in the countryside and asked the owner for a drink of water. Inside they saw some pictures painted by his son, and told him that the boy ought to be sent to the Arts and Crafts school

28/09/2018 16:11

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The fantastic romanticism of Hernan Bas

Andy Warhol's body was barely cold when the employees of Sotheby's entered the residence of the father of pop art to draw up the catalogue of possessions which would be included in one of the most famous auctions in recent decades. It took ten days o

21/09/2018 17:03


Malevich at the Russian Museum

In Russian, 'krasni' means 'red', but also 'nice', 'important' and 'principal'. Nearly every sitting room in that country has an image of an icon on the mantelpiece, an exquisite piece of needlework and a dining table, in what is called the 'red corn

16/07/2018 15:55


The Pompidou opens up to Jean Dubuffet

The new temporary exhibition at the Centre Pompidou Málaga is one of the "pop-up" museum's best yet. More than 80 pieces from the centre's Paris parent's collections take visitors on a journey through the career of a crucial player in the evolution o

15/06/2018 14:04


Javier Calleja, sought-after by collectors

The eyes are rather red and the pupils dilated, but the mouth arches slightly upwards, almost against his will. It is the face of a child who has been crying, and has just managed a bit of a smile. That emotion, between complicity and tenderness, is

15/06/2018 13:36


Picasso the animal lover

A bearded and naked man with a bull's mask pulled back from his face kneels on the earth. Facing him a woman, also naked, raises her arms with a barbed stick in each hand in a powerful and triumphant dance. Watching are a female bandit, a monkey, a g

01/06/2018 13:59

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Art inspired by María Zambrano

"I'm interested in the poetic reason of María Zambrano, to understand the world through serene meditative thought. I've tried to include that in my work, to depict the emotions that we try to resist." Aixa Portero says each word measuredly as if tryi

01/06/2018 12:30


Picasso receives Warhol at home

In the 1950s, a young man from an industrial town who had started to make a fortune as an illustrator in the Big Apple, wrote to the director of the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Alfred Barr, offering one of his works to the institution. The

23/03/2018 17:45


The Thyssen dives into the Mediterranean

The Mediterranean Sea is the heart and soul of the new exhibition that opened on Wednesday at the Carmen Thyssen art museum in Malaga. The gallery continues its pledge to deliver quality with this selection of 62 pieces sourced from 33 national and i

24/02/2018 02:02


Fellini's dreams come true at the Picasso Museum

In 1917 Pablo Ruiz Picasso set up his studio at number 110 Via Margutta in Rome to paint the sets for the ballet Parade. Half a century later Federico Fellini moved into the same house. The coincidence could well be a metaphor for the relationship be

19/02/2018 12:01

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Socialist realism at the Russian Museum

The party thought there was too much sky and not enough of the leader, so it refused to allow the painting to be put on display to the public and 'Lenin at the tribunal' (1927) by Isaac Brodsky was therefore kept in storage for years. His style met t

09/02/2018 15:58


King Felipe praises "modern" Malaga on city visit for arts awards

"Malaga represents an admirable paradox: that of being one of the oldest cities in Europe while at the same time one of the most modern." These were the words of King Felipe, barely three sentences into his speech during the presentation of Gold Meda

06/02/2018 12:32


King and queen visit Malaga for arts awards

King Felipe and Queen Letizia arrived in Malaga on Tuesday morning to preside over the presentation of Gold Medals for Achievements in Fine Art, which recognised the work of a score of creators and cultural institutions. The event began at 11.30am

02/02/2018 13:28

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Balkenhol moves indoors

Some outdoor works of art become such a part of everyday life that they end up as emblems of their location. In Malaga, one of these is 'Moving Man' (2002), Stephan Balkenhol's sculpture of a man which is outside the entrance to the Contemporary Art

13/10/2017 19:40

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Setting the record straight at the Thyssen

Henry Kahnweiler was a German-born art historian, collector and one of the most notable French art dealers of the 20th century. He had the money and the power to make the difference between who was a successful artist and who wasn't. He was fascinate

28/07/2017 19:13


Instituto Cervantes chooses Malaga to outline its future

Queen Letizia was on the Costa del Sol on Monday morning to preside over the opening of the annual meeting of directors of the Instituto Cervantes, which took place in Malaga's Tabacalera building. The Instituto Cervantes, a worldwide non-profit go

21/07/2017 16:32


A year of ups and downs at the dolmens

Tourists at the Antequera dolmen complex onSaturday didn't realise that they had chosen a special occasion for their visit. As teenager Víctor peered into the well inside the Viera Dolmen, he repeated the word "amazing" like a mantra. Víctor, who had

21/07/2017 15:32


The enigma of the Roman theatre

Many visitors to Malaga's historic centre have had their curiosity aroused by the giant text written in Latin on the brown wall of the visitor centre next to the city's Roman Theatre. The words reveal a fascinating and long-forgotten story about the

12/05/2017 13:28


"In Ronda I'm going to create the most incredible object of my life"

In Malaga on Wednesday Philippe Starck spoke of the other project that links him to the province of Malaga, the oil mill in Ronda. "I'm going to create the most incredible object of my life in Ronda," said Starck, referring to the 18-million-euro

12/05/2017 13:23


Inside the head of Philippe Starck

"You are about to enter the brain of someone who works and looks for solutions, sometimes useful, sometimes useless, but always interesting." This was how Phillipe Starck described the exhibition, 'Starck, Secret Drawings', that opened this week in t

09/05/2017 18:57


Fernando Francés vows to continue to bring "risky" art to the CAC

The Hall of Mirrors at Malaga city hall filled with artists and politicians, from both the national and international arena, to witness the presentation of an honorary OBE to Fernando Francés, the director of the CAC (Malaga's Contemporary Art Centre

04/05/2017 13:21

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Art and achievement

The Spanish Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (Pintores con la Boca y el Pie), a group of artists that have used their creativity to overcome their physical limitations in creating art using their mouth and feet, are now exhibiting their

13/03/2017 16:49


Malaga's Picasso museum launches a new era

Picasso's grandson, Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, was in Malaga on Monday to unveil the new collection on display from Tuesday at the Malaga Picasso Museum (MPM). The exhibition Malaga tells the story of Picasso He was joined by director, José Leb

24/02/2017 18:58

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Kandinsky and his road to abstract art

The 'Kandinsky and Russia' temporary exhibition has been open to the public since Tuesday in Malaga's Russian museum after it waved goodbye to the 'Chagall and his Russian contemporaries' collection a few days ago. Visitors have until 16 July to see

17/02/2017 13:58


Beatriz Ros goes hunting

'La boca' - meaning 'the mouth' - is the name of an exhibition by young artist Beatriz Ros which is currently open at the Yuster/Giner Gallery. 'LA BOCA' Artist. Beatriz Ros (Malaga, 1984). Venue. Galería Yusto/Giner. C/ Madera, 9. Marbella. D

17/01/2017 10:12


Brits among those held for violent ATM attacks across Costa area

Police and government officials gave more details last weekend of the gang that was recently arrested for a string of violent bank cashpoint robberies across Malaga province over the last few months. National Police and Guardia Civil arrested five

17/01/2017 09:22

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"A great deal of contemporary art has lost its spiritual element"

The exhibition Artist. Kimsooja (Daegu, South Korea, 1957). Venue. CAC Málaga. Dates and opening hours. Until 8 January 2017. Open Tuesdays to Sundays, 10am to 8pm. Entrance is free of charge. Kimsooja speaks in a soft voice, delicate but firm

17/01/2017 09:22

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The relatively unknown works of Chagall

'Cervantes in the Russian Museum collection' On display: A collection of 61 pieces including paintings, drawings, etchings and books. Highlights: The painting 'Don Quijote' (1980-1985) by Helium Korzhev and the etchings by Ilya Repin, Konstatin Rud

06/01/2017 13:57

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The Andalusian landscapes of Eugenio Chicano

The exhibition by Malaga artist Eugenio Chicano consists of 32 canvases created over the last five years. INFORMATION When. Until 5 February, Tues -Sun 10am-2pm and 5pm-8pm. Where. Salas La Coracha in the Museo del Patrimonio Municipal, Paseo de